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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — North Alabama’s first freestanding birth center is set to open in Huntsville very soon.

According to a Facebook post made by the Alabama Women’s Wellness Center, the Alabama Birth Center is being opened because they believe North Alabama families deserve more birth options and better access to midwifery care.

The center is headed by Dr. Yashica Robinson, a board-certified OBGYN with over 14 years of experience in women’s health.

“Midwifery care is an excellent option that has been shown to improve health outcomes for moms and babies,” said Dr. Robinson.

“We had previously looked at this as an option for women knowing that it was something that many women here in North Alabama desired,” Robinson continued. “However, they were traveling to the Tennessee area to be able to acquire these services.”

Many of Robinson’s patients have their healthcare financed through the state, but the cost of midwifery care can cost upwards of $5,000 out of pocket for a home birth.

“One of the things that we seek to do is to make the service available to all birthing people, regardless of your financial status,” Robinson stated.

The website states, “This center was borne out of Dr. Robinson’s passion to see the Alabama birth community thrive in a new way. Her heart is for the center to not only be accessible to privately insured families, but also to under-resourced families and those on Medicaid.”

When it opens, the Alabama Birth Center will be only one of 12 black-owned birth centers in the nation.

The projected timeline of the birth center opening is detailed on alabamabirthcenter.com:

  • January 2022: The clinical portion of the center will be available, including prenatal midwifery care from CNM Katrina Dial, who has delivery privileges at Crestwood and Huntsville Hospital
  • Spring 2022: The community space will be open for support groups, nonprofit events, prenatal yoga, and childbirth education
  • Winter 2022: The birthing suites officially open with a “home-like environment” that includes deep labor tubs, birthing stools, essential oil diffusers, Bose speakers, birth swings, and queen size beds

“We do seek to become a certified licensed birthing center and then we’re going to start to work with insurance companies including Medicaid of Alabama to try to have these services of the birthing center covered,” Robinson concluded.

The Alabama Birth Center located at 7105 Bailey Creek Circle Southeast, Suite C, Huntsville, AL 35802, hopes to be fully operational by the end of 2022 or early 2023.